March 12, 2007

Cable News Subscribers by Channel

Year CNN Fox News MSNBC
1989 53.8
1990 56.8
1991 58.9
1992 61.2
1993 62.8
1994 63.6
1995 67.8
1996 71.3
1997 72.6 24 38
1998 75.6 36.4 46
1999 77.5 44 53.2
2000 80.3 57.5 61.4
2001 85.6 77.2 73
2002 86.6 82 78.5
2003 88.2 85 81.3
2004 91.4 89.8 87
2005 89.9 87.9 85.1
2006 (est.) 93.2 91.5 88.6
2007 (est.) 96.2 94.7 91.7

The big advantage that CNN once enjoyed over its rivals in how many cable systems carried it has rapidly vanished. By 2005, the three channels were getting close to a level competitive playing field.